As well as its outlets in Cork and Dublin airports, ARI runs duty free stores in Bahrain, Barbados, Canada, Cyprus, Lebanon, Oman, and India. The business has a turnover of close to €880 million a-year.

State company Aer Rianta International (ARI) has won a contract to operate a new duty free concession at New Zealand’s largest airport from next July.(...)

The Irish population in the the United Arab Emirates now numbers around 7,000, mainly in the cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai (pictured). Photograph: iStock

A decade ago, it would have been rare to hear about an Irish person moving to the Gulf States. But over the past few years, the Irish population in(...)

 The Alila Jabal Akhdar hotel, perched on the edge of a gorge in Oman
Winter escape to Oman
  • Travel
  • February 15, 2015, 06:00

To anyone used to swimming in Brittas Bay, or even the Mediterranean, the sea at Muscat will come as a shock. It isn’t cold, it isn’t warm, it’s ho(...)

HSBC’s Expat Explorer league table  placed Bahrain in fifth position  in terms of attractiveness for expats out of 34 countries, followed by Oman (6), Qatar (10) and the UAE (13).

There are six Gulf Co-operation Council states: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Irish expats hea(...)

An important element of life in the Islamic Gulf States is how women are treated, and this tends to vary depending on the strictness of the regime in each of the states.

If you’re moving to the Gulf, “culture is the one area where you will need an open mind and have to take time to adjust to”, warns Noel Scanlon, a (...)

Rent for expat accommodation in the United Arab Emirates is similar to Dublin.

Given the expense of life in the Gulf States, you can expect to pay significant sums for rent. Andrea Linehan, who lived in Oman for ten years, say(...)

Tax-free salaries are one of the biggest incentives for Irish people to work in the Gulf region. In most states, if you earn €100,000 you keep €100,000, compared to just €58,869 after tax as a single person in Ireland.

The good news is that if you move to Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates or Oman, you won’t pay any taxes on your income. Yes, you read that corre(...)

Most expats heading for the Gulf States will have private health insurance, typically paid for by their employer.

Education If you have children, paying for their education is likely to be the biggest expense in moving to the Gulf States. According to the H(...)

While you might secure a job from Ireland through Skype or recruitment fairs, it helps to get on a plane if you’re looking for a job in the Gulf region.

Across the Gulf States, Irish people are finding work in construction and engineering, tourism, agriculture, finance, education and the medical pro(...)

Tourist visas (often given to Irish passport holders on arrival at your destination) can be obtained for up to 30 days (renewable up to 60 days in the UAE), which will allow you to travel there and find a job before making a move.

Broadly speaking, to work in the Gulf States you will need a visa - and to get a visa you will need a job. “A worker has to be sponsored for a (...)